August 17th, 2014

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What It Takes 'To Be Takei'

From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei'

Many fans know George Takei from his role as Mr. Sulu on the 1960s show Star Trek. But in the past decade, he has drawn followers who admire him because of who he is — not just who he has played. Now, the new documentary To Be Takei may interest more people in Takei's life.

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Keke Palmer Joins Protest in Ferguson

This is obviously an excuse for a Ferguson post


Cranston, Paul & Gilligan do a Breaking Bad autopsy

Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Vince Gilligan dissect the museum pieces, death scenarios, afterlife and other final notes on Breaking Bad


The "Breaking Bad" triumvirate — actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul and the show's creator, Vince Gilligan — had just seen each other a couple of nights ago at the Television Critics Assn. Awards in Beverly Hills. The week before that, they — and their better halves — broke bread to celebrate the Cranstons' 25th wedding anniversary.

Still, despite these recent get-togethers, there was much to discuss, including Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spinoff that Gilligan is shooting with Bob Odenkirk. ("You can't really call it a show yet," Cranston teases. "It's still in the womb, gestating. There's going to be a bloody afterbirth when that spews out on the floor.")

And while we were interested in all these things, we really wanted the chance to tie up some loose ends and bid farewell to "Breaking Bad," which came to a spectacular, satisfying end in September and is up for its last hurrah at the Emmys later this month. Over iced tea and coffee, sweetened (but not with Stevia!), we sat Cranston, Paul and Gilligan down together at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, which led to a few discoveries and confessions, no half measures offered or accepted.

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Full interview at source

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The sad devolution of Discovery Channel

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Forget the recent barrage of scientists saying that Shark Week programs are misleading, even deceitful. Shark Week isn’t really about sharks—it’s about ratings. And it’s more evidence that the Discovery Channel, also home to Amish Mafia, among other programs of questionable authenticity, has not been interested in broadcasting scientific fact for quite some time.

Discovery’s shift away from fact-based programming is part of the much larger trend of American cable channels losing their identities. For a while, it seemed like Discovery was holding onto its identity longer than most other cable channels, but the mounting backlash to recent Shark Weeks from the scientific community has made it clear—the channel’s devolution has really been happening for years right before our eyes. It’s unfortunate, but it’s understandable from a business perspective. Fake documentaries about fake mafias are the kinds of shows that Americans like to watch these days. Last year, Discovery delivered its best ratings since 2001.

Amish Mafia isn’t the only Discovery series that underscores the network’s retreat from more of an educational focus. Among the channel’s more popular shows are Fast N’ Loud, about fixing cars; Street Outlaws, about “illegal” street racing in Oklahoma; and The Devil’s Ride, about biker gangs in South California. (Apparently engine-based entertainment is a thing now.)

Last year, Discovery severed ties with the BBC, which produced the nature-themed Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, and Life. So you likely won’t be seeing shows like those on the network anymore. Discovery and the BBC had been in partnership since Discovery’s launch in 1985.

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Eminem and Rihanna's 'Monster' MetLife show

(Basically Eminem was amazing and Rihanna was boring.)

Let’s not get things twisted. “The Monster Tour” may be billed equally between Eminem and Rihanna, but it’s really “The Eminem Show.”

The crowd that packed MetLife Stadium Saturday night was overwhelmingly his crowd. Though they started the nearly three-hour show onstage together and closed it together, Rihanna did her set first and basically warmed up the crowd for Eminem.

And to be truthful, there was really no way RiRi could compete with this version of Eminem. Following his well-publicized stint in rehab in 2005, Em became a much better performer. But, on this tour, he has raised his game to a whole new level. That’s not just because he delivered the double-time lyrical twists and turns of “Rap God” effortlessly, but because he also tries to connect with the audience, even if it is to jokingly apologize, “I’m sorry for ----- up your life” with his music.

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I went last night and omg it was AMAZING!!!!!! Em's part anyway. People were literally sitting during Rihanna's set-(she seemed bored herself). I did like Diamonds and Stay though. But people were clearly there for Em and people flipped their shit for him. He had a lot of energy and I dont care care how many people make fun of me but I will be an Em fan for life! love that man!
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Cowell: One Direction have two more albums before they split for solo careers

Simon Cowell expects One Direction to break up to pursue solo careers.

The media mogul was the mastermind behind the hugely successful boyband after putting them together on 'The X Factor' UK in 2010, and he has admitted while he thinks they will make two more albums as a group, their future isn't certain after those records have been released.

He told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: "Bands don't stay together forever.

"I think they will make at least two more albums together and they are in the middle of one right now."

While the 54-year-old star admitted the 'Story of My Life' hitmakers may go solo "eventually", he dismissed the idea Harry Styles would be quitting the band this year to pursue his own career.

He added: "No, I don't think that is going to happen for a while. Eventually I am sure they all will."

Harry, 20, has previously shot down speculation he would be leaving the group, and insisted he'll be part of One Direction until they're forced to go their separate ways due to old age.

He has said: "I'm 100 per cent in this band. I still want to be touring with One Direction in ten years. I'll be doing it until I'm old and people are telling me to stop."


How Many Pages Does George R. R. Martin Write a Day?

Everyone loves to bash A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin for being a slow writer, but how fast does the brains behind Game of Thrones actually write?

During an interview with BBC Radio, Martin gives a glimpse into his writing habits. “I don’t do it that rigidly,” Martin admits about his writing process. “I go over in the morning and sit down, I usually reread what I’ve done the day before to try to build up a little momentum. Sometimes if what I wrote the day before is not very good I spend the whole day rewriting what I did the day before. But hopefully I just rewrite a little and I’m sort of in the groove and then I go on and I write another scene or two.”
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Emily Browning (and others) looking stunning at God Help the Girl Premiere

'God Help The Girl' UK premiere at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange, in partnership with Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). Belle & Sebastian performed live on stage following the screening. - Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Saturday 16th August 2014
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Ariana Grande covers Seventeen Magazine again

The Toughest Thing She Has Ever Had To Deal With
“Falling out of touch with my dad. It’s private, but it happened last year. It took me so long to be okay with it. The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him. So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn’t like that about myself. I had to accept that it’s okay not to get along with somebody and still love them.”

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Watch Justin Timberlake Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to 8-Year-Old Boy With Autism

A young boy with Autism got the birthday gift of a lifetime when Justin Timberlake serenaded him midway through a recent concert during the pop star’s latest tour.

In a post on The Manifest Station, Marika Rosenthal Delan wrote that her son Julian had one wish for this 8th birthday: to see Timberlake in concert. Julian’s parents made that wish come true by taking him to see Timberlake at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Aug. 11. Like Timberlake, young Julian even wore a fedora and JT-branded bow tie for the occasion.

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Naughty Boy reveals One Chance To Dance likely to be first single from new 1D album

"Simon Cowell loves it," the producer exclusively told Mirror Celeb’s Zoe Shenton backstage at V Festival

Super producer Naughty Boy talks about finishing his “amazing” new track with 1D’s Zayn Malik and working with a leading US pop artist.

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding One Chance To Dance, the track from Naughty Boy, Emeli Sande, Romans and teen pin-up Zayn Malik.

And it looks like that hype is justified as Naughty Boy has said it’s likely to be the first single from their new album.

"There’s a real possibility it’ll be the first single," he told Mirror Celeb backstage at V Festival. "Look at the smile on my face. Simon loves it. He even texted me about it."

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On the heels of her most critically acclaimed album of her career, “Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse,” best-selling female artist of all time Mariah Carey embarks on a world tour entitled “The Elusive Chanteuse Show.” This will be Mariah’s first reemergence to the stage since her celebrated and extensive “The Adventures of Mimi” tour in 2006.

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If you haven't heard the album yet, or avoided it because it sold triple condom, I PROMISE you'll love this song!

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'Masters of Sex' Star Lizzy Caplan on "Funny" Sex Scenes & More

Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan bares... her soul... about the daring role that is redefining “adult” TV.

“I honestly cannot believe that I got the job I’ve been waiting for,” muses Lizzy Caplan. Once the frequent subject of various “actresses-on-the-verge”-style articles, she’s now firmly established as the leading lady of Showtime’s prestige series Masters of Sex, where her appropriately masterful, sexy performance as legendary sex therapist Virginia Johnson has positioned her as a frontrunner for various television acting trophies—including this month’s Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. “It just makes no sense to me that I get to go to work on that show every day and play that woman.”

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Mariah SLAYS Asia!

In preparation for her upcoming tour, "The Elusive Chanteuse Show," Mariah has got Asian fans going crazy

Tickets for Mariah Carey's upcoming Manila concert are moving so fast. They could be gone before you know it. While the exact numbers are yet to be determined as of this writing, show promoter Glenn Llamas of Wilbros Live said in an interview that a lot of seats from different sections of Mall of Asia Arena, where the show will be held on October 28, have already sold out.

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Who else but Japan's best-selling non-Japanese artist of all time? Buying my plane ticket overseas rn!


Bradley Cooper reunites with Hangover producer for casino extortion movie

Bradley Cooper is set to produce a film that centres around a real-life 1980s casino extortion plot. Cooper will team up with Todd Phillips to develop and produce the movie, which is based on Adam Higginbotham's non-fiction article 'A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite', reports The Wrap.

The film will follow the attempts of police to disarm a bomb that was found under the Harvey's Wagon Wheel Casino in 1980. The explosive was eventually blown up by the FBI after the building was emptied to avoid injury.

John Birges was found guilty of planting the bomb and planning an extortion plot worth $3 million. He was sentenced to life in prison before dying in 1996 of liver cancer.

Higginbotham's article was originally published by The Atavist, and the film will be overseen by Warner Bros executive Andy Fischel. Cooper and Phillips previously collaborated together on The Hangover trilogy.


Gene Simmons of KISS Gets Backlash Over Comments About Depression in Which He Said "Kill Yourself"

KISS bassist Gene Simmons recently came under fire over harsh remarks he recently made about depression, substance abuse and suicide and has issued an apology.

In an interview posted on July 31 on the website Songfacts, the 64-year-old outspoken rocker was asked if he stills gets along with the original members of the group. He then unleashed a rant about "drug addicts and alcoholics," saying they "are always, 'The world is a harsh place.'"

"My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany," added Simmons, who was born as Chaim Witz in Israel in 1949, four years after World War II ended. "I don't want to hear f--k all about 'the world as a harsh place.' She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed, I live in Seattle.' F--k you, then kill yourself."

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